Where the World Comes to PLAY.

Sarasota has lured those seeking a tropical Eden to its tranquil shores since the early 1500's when Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto first encountered the area's indigenous Tocobaga and Caloosa natives and christened it Zara Zote after his daughter "Sara."

Few cities can claim a cultural founding father as iconic as the co-founder of the Ringling Brothers Circus. John Ringling and his wife Mable helped to establish Sarasota's reputation as a world-class center of art, architecture and high-society. Today, their legacy continue to grow at the John Ringling Museum of Art, a circus museum, the Italian-inspired architecture of the Ringling's Cà d'Zan mansion, and the Asolo Repertory Theatre, once a royal's castle in Italy.

Life in downtown Sarasota becomes more vibrant with each tropical sunset. The city is an international destination for arts, film and culinary festivals. It also remains an idyllic gateway to the world-famous beaches and Florida resort lifestyle waiting to be discovered on the sparkling Gulf of Mexico. Living in a luxury waterfront condominium at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Sarasota puts it all at your doorstep.

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